Mamata Banerjee was today unanimously elected as the leader of the Trinamool Congress legislature party at its meeting here. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, who was re-elected from Behala Paschim seat, proposed her name which was seconded by all the newly-elected MLAs of the party.
Banerjee later met Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form the new government. After meeting the Governor, Banerjee said, “May 20 (today) is an auspicious day because it was on this day in 2011 our government took oath after the ‘poribortan’ (change)... So we have come to meet the Governor and give him a letter on behalf of our party.”
TMC leaders Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Subrata Bakshi, Saugata Roy and Mukul Roy accompanied her to Raj Bhavan. Banerjee, who met all newly-elected MLAs of the party at her residence, exhorted them to reach out to the people.
“At the meeting our leader Mamata Banerjee told us to reach out to the masses as their is no place for complacency. She said those who were defeated, lost due to their arrogance and advised us to be down to earth,” a TMC MLA who was present at the meeting said.
TMC sources said the party has decided that it would aim to play a deciding role in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“Our aim is now 2019 Lok Sabha polls, so our party leadership has decided that after this year’s Durga Puja, we will work towards that. Our leaders will frequently visit Delhi,” sources said.